She might have failed to bring back the glory to Espana, the former St. Paul College of Makati stand-out, Carmela Tunay, moves on and is now set to deliver her dazzling array of spikes to higher heights and professional leagues.
Photo source: The Varsitarian – UST
Being one of the top guns of the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses, Tunay shares on how she found a home for her heart in volleyball.
“Yung sister ko siya talaga yung nag-vovolleyball and since captain siya that time, parang pinilit niya ako mag-try out together with my other sister at ayun, napamahal na ako agad sa volleyball.”
Some people say, “First lover never dies”, but the Makati native has to bid goodbye to her first major sport which is figure skating as she chooses to dive into a new sea of experience and unleash her amazing volleyball prowess inside the hard court.
“Nag-eenjoy ako na meron akong ibang company and yung learning process sa volleyball sobrang healthy kase you learn from your coaches, your teammates, your experiences unlike sa figure skating, parang extra-research ka talaga sa sarili mo.” Tunay explained.
Playing in front of an electric and thousands of boisterous fans, Mela as she is affectionally called by her friends, manages to focus and not to succumb under the pressure brought by the popularity of volleyball.
“Yung pressure, yun na nga sa sobrang laki na g volleyball, meron siyang advantages sa part namin in a way na kailangan namin i-improve yung craft namin sa paglalaro para makapag-give back na rin.” Mela stated.
Hard work really makes the dream work as for the former UST stalwart says that it is really hard to become a student-athlete. Juggling school and volleyball is not an easy thing to do but eventually, Tunay does it for the love of the sport.
“Siguro tanim muna tayo ng passion sa volleyball or sa kahit anong sport kase eventually, doon na yun tutubo eh. Kapag gusto mo talaga at passionate ka sa sport, darating na yung discipline, yung sacrifices. Sobrang lahat magstart yun sa passion, sa sipag, and siyempre for the love of the sport.”